Hike the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail

2.5 Miles Round Trip - 708 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse - Search Nearby - Added by Kelly Drake

Hike to views of the historical lighthouse overlooking the beautiful west side. This is also great exercise if you're looking to stretch your legs before exploring more of the island. Fun bodysurfing and beach day at Makapu'u Beach. A photographers dream, with ocean and earth landscapes, and amazing sunrises and sunsets.

If you're looking to get moving and get your heart rate up or want a place to snap great photos, start with hiking to Makapu’u Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1909 on a 600-ft cliff, which overlooks Makapu’u beach. The hike is more of an uphill walk and can be done in sandals unless you’re looking to run it. If you’re hiking it, it’s about an hour round-trip at an easy pace. 

Once you’ve made it back down to your car, drive north to Makapu’u beach, stake out your spot, throw your fins on, and get in the water. Makapu’u is a fun spot for bodysurfing and gets fairly consistent wind swell. If you’re not a great swimmer, it’s best to enjoy from the beach and break out the spam musubi. If you want to pick up some food to bring with you to the beach, head up 72 to Waimanalo and hit up Sweet Home Waimanalo for some BBQ.

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Photography
Bodysurfing
Hiking
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Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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Handicap Accessible
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Details

2.5 Miles
708 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Haleiwa, Hawaii

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Quick And Easy

This Was A Really Easy Hike. If You're Taking Kids, This Might Be A Good Place To Start. The Best Part Of The Trip Is Off Trail Where My Wife And I Found Tide Pools To Take A Swim. Without The Tide Pools The View At The Top Is Great. It's All Paved Road With No Restroom.

The current at this beach is strong so inexperienced swimmers are best off hanging out on the beach or doing the hike.

It can get really hot here in the summer, but winter whale watching was rewarding.